It was only after graduation that he began playing music in earnest and managed to release his first album, demonstrated his prolific songwriting prowess.While the number of hit records has slowed down, his penchant for celebrated songwriting has remained just as vital as when he first started in the mid-1970s.John’s 20th album of new material, and is working on a duets album with Carlene Carter which is set for release in late 2016 or early 2017.
Arguably the most important roots rocker to emerge on the music scene since Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp has garnered an impressive 22 Top 40 hits over his career, including 7 number 1 hits on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart which is the most for any solo artist.
His combination of plain spoken lyrics and catchy rhythms make his work instantly recognizable to audiences around the world.
' A source confirmed to ET in September 2015 that Brinkley and Mellencamp were dating following a sighting of the two on a dinner date at the Bowery Hotel in New York City.
Since then, the pair hasn't been shy about showing PDA.
"Both the mileage between their homes and their heavy career demands interfered with their ability to maintain the relationship," a rep for both Brinkley and Mellencamp tells ET.